Robert Muller Photography | Counter Intelligence, 11.12

Counter Intelligence, 11.12

November 10, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I got the opportunity to shoot a couple pieces for Counter Intelligence in Santa Fe, a family business of master craftsmen who do amazing kitchen cabinetry, countertops, and fine woodworking. Very nice people and very impressive work. This shoot was a sort of trial run and we went to one of their sites to get photographs of a couple of pieces they'd created; it was the end of the day so I lost my natural light halfway through and I ended up doing some verrrry long exposures even with the lighting gear I'd brought along. It was a fun challenge and we still got some really nice results. Indoor architectural photography has its own challenges, but it was a blast and I look forward to my similar upcoming projects. 

I had 2 speedlites with umbrellas and/or softboxes and a small LED lightbank to help me even the light out, and I used my 5D on a tripod with a remote trigger cable, exposures (at 100 ISO) as long as 20 seconds once it got dark. I picked up a Canon 20-35mm lens for the project, it worked fine despite its relatively slow apertures, and the spherical distortion was easy enough to clean up. I'd like to move up to a 17-40 F4L at some point, But for now it's about as wide as I'm likely to need for my full frame camera. I still have my Sigma 10-20 for my old 40D, and even though it's officially a crop sensor lens, it does mount on my 5D and I was ready to test that out. At 10mm the vignetting makes it unuseable except as a special effect, and I can already cover the 20mm end. (I had my 40D along as a backup so the 10-20's real field of view was available if I'd needed it.) Depending on the situation I'd also love an excuse to rent one of Canon's wide tilt-shift lenses for one of these gigs, but that's another story.

If you're looking for someone to document your interior design, woodworking, or architecture projects, I'd love to talk to you!

 

 


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